New jumping performance manager Lampard sets sights on Rio

05 February 2015 / 13:09

New performance manager for jumping Di Lampard intends to harness the emotions of London 2012 to bring further success to the British Equestrian team.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) was on the lookout for someone to take the reins after Rob Hoekstra left the position on January 1.

Hoekstra was in charge for London 2012 as Team GB sealed team jumping gold at Greenwich Park – one of five medals secured by British riders across the Games.

The countdown to Rio is already underway with this summer’s European Championships in Aachen, Germany, providing the final opportunity for the jumping team to achieve Olympic qualification.

And Lampard, who steps up from her current role as Team GBR co-selector and deputy Chef D’Equipe for the Nations Cup jumping teams with immediate effect, wants to build upon the work of her predecessor.

“I feel proud and honoured to be appointed as the Jumping Performance Manager within the World Class Programme,” said former Great Britain jumper Lampard.

“I want to ignite the fire and passion of London 2012 to achieve success, our immediate goal being qualification for Rio in 2016.

“We will only do this with a no compromise approach and by creating a strong team spirit through open communication and transparency with riders, owners and support staff.

“Rob [Hoekstra] has left the position in great shape having seen British showjumping through one of their most successful periods and I am delighted to take over the reins.”

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